Behind the Scenes The Festival Founders
"Kaku" Rajesh Shah—Festival Director
Shalini Shah—Artistic Director
The Advisory Board
Virendra SainiNational Award winning cinematographer. Did camerawork for Mani Kaul, Sai Paranjpye, Kundan Shah, Vinod Chopra, and Bhimsain. Best known for his cinematography in Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989).
CK MuralidharanCinematographer of Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Johnny Gaddaar (2007), 3 Idiots (2009), and PK (2014)
Amole GupteFormer chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India (CFSI). Writer/creative director of Taare Zameen Par (2007). Director of Stanley Ka Dabba (2011).
Tigmanshu DhuliaNational-Award winning director of Paan Singh Tomar. Casting director of Bandit Queen. Dialogue writer of Dil Se.. Actor, best known for his role as Ramadhir Singh in Gangs of Wasseypur.
Kamaljeet NegiCinematographer of Vicky Donor (2012), Piku (2015), and Jolly LLB 2 (2017).
Sriram RaghavanDirector of Ek Hasina Thi (2004), Johnny Gaddaar (2007), and Badlapur (2015).
Amit KhannaTriple National-Award-winning film lyricist-producer. Named by ‘Time’, ‘Newsweek’, ‘Hollywood Reporter’, & ‘Variety’ as one of the global leaders of TV and film. Credited with coining the term “Bollywood”.
Christopher DaltonFilm critic /essayist. Artistic Director, Chalachitram National Film Festival. CEO, House of Illusions. Founder, Cinema Society of India. Editor-publisher, Cinematic Illusions. Editor, Journal of Indian Cinema.
Film Critics Circle of India — jury 2019
Gautam KaulFormer DGP of the Indo-Tibetan border. Co-founder, Lucknow Film Society. Former president, Federation of Film Societies of India. National Film Award winning journalist.
Deepa GahlotNational Award winning film critic. Theatre critic. Former editor, NFDC & WICA journals. Former programming head, NCPA. Author of biographies of Shammi Kapoor & Shah Rukh Khan.
Parthajit BaruahTeacher. Recipient, Prag Channel – Film Critic Award. Author, ‘Face-to-Face: The Cinema of Adoor Goplakrishnan’, published by Harper Collins, & now being translated into French.
Surendar ChawdharySurendar Chawdhary is a former professor of film direction at FTII - Pune.
Monita BorgohainMonita Borgohain is the festival director of the Guwahati International Film Festival; director of the Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute; secretary of the Jyoti Chitraban Film Studio, Govt. of Assam; and joint secretary to the Govt. of Assam, cultural affairs dept.
Sudhir TandonSudhir Tandon is a PSBT mentor/evaluator, founder executive director [prog] of Lok Sabha TV, former ADG of Doordarshan, and president of Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art, & Osian’s Cinefan Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema. He is the recipient of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Miller Award.
Film Critics Circle of India — jury 2018
Deepa GahlotNational Award winning film critic. Theatre critic. Former editor of NFDC and WICA journals. Former programming head of NCPA. Author of biographies of Shammi Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan.
Utpal DattaNational Award winning film critic. Recipient of RAPA Award. Author. Served on the Assam State Film Jury. Festival director of Guwahati Film Festival. Deputy-director of AIR Guwahati.
Ratnottama SenguptaNational Award winning film critic. Festival curator/consultant. Director of docu on legendary writer Nabendu Ghosh (her father) & filmmaker Bimal Roy. Author of biography of Suchitra Sen.
FTII dignitaries at Kautik 2018
Bhupendra KaintolaCurrent Director of FTII. Kaintola is an IIS officer who over the years held the posts of Director of PIB, the Indian Panorama, the National Film Awards, & DAVP; & Additional Director General, Doordarshan (News).
Subhamoy SenguptaCourse director. Sengupta (FTII—direction batch of 1996) assisted director Sanjay Leela Bhansali in 'Khamoshi’ and ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, directed innumerous single-episode crime thrillers for Star and Zee, and is the co-owner of the production house ‘Nitric Films’.
Bela NegiCourse director. Negi (FTII—Film Editing batch of 1997) assisted film editor Renu Saluja on four Hindi films, is the writer-director-editor of ‘Daayen Ya Baayen, and the co-owner of the production house ‘Nitric Films’.
People in the pic
Festival director "Kaku" Rajesh Shah, artistic director Shalini Shah, FTII director Bhupendra Kaintola, last year's student organisers, and a few theatre personalities.
Aarul Mathew, Aayushi Sawarn, Ramendra Singh, Bharat Parihar, Manoj Kumar Chauniyal, Mohit Mishra, Aditi Khurana, Anant Neer Sharma, Kovid Bhatt, Kalyani Kandpal, Shivangi Sah, Rupali, Prashant Tiwari, Sumit Diwakar, Ravi Sheel, Shailaja Vachani, Deepak Tamta, Gaurav Tiwari, Shrikrishna Pandey, & Anantneer Sharma
“Tony” Manoj Lal Sah, Manoj Kumar Chauniyal, Aayushi Sawarn, Aditi Khurana, Deepak Tamta, & Simrat Khurana